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What Is Right and What is Wrong? The Judas Passion and St Matthew Passion

Fri 15 Sep 2017

What is right and what is wrong? Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? There are two very different visions of the Easter story in our 2017/18 season.
The Judas Passion
St Matthew Passion

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Introducing the baroque bassoon

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Who called who a nanny goat bassoonist?  Our principal bassoonist Peter Whelan tells all as he introduces the baroque bassoon.

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Introducing the Baroque Violin

Mon 5 Jun 2017

‘The gut strings make a more gutsy sound’

If you think a violin from the 18th Century is the same as one made yesterday, think again…

Violinist Huw Daniel reveals the differences between the baroque instrument and the modern one.

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Introducing the Baroque Oboe

Fri 19 May 2017

‘The lack of keys on this instrument should never be seen as a disadvantage.’

Our Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

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Introducing the Baroque Flute

Fri 12 May 2017

“The wood makes the sound gentler and more… woody”

Meet the flute that our principal Lisa Beznosiuk uses for playing Bach, Handel, Rameau and people like that.

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Introducing the Baroque Trumpet

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s much longer and doesn’t have any valves whatsoever.’

OAE Principal Trumpet David Blackadder introduces the Baroque trumpet, including the instrument Bach only ever wrote one piece for.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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Steven Isserlis and Haydn’s cello concerto in C

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis shows us his Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello and chats about Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C which he will be playing next week at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Sarah Connolly on Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été

Mon 20 Feb 2017

“It’s evocative of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, that sense of foreboding and drama..”

We caught up with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in between rehearsals for Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle ‘Les nuits d’été’.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seaons pt4

Fri 10 Feb 2017

The final film by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni taking an in depth look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi concert at Kings Place.

This time Kati explores how different violinists and ensembles interpret Vivaldi’s notation differently to make The Four Seasons their own.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt3

Wed 8 Feb 2017

Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt2

Wed 1 Feb 2017

In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.

Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.

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Is what you see really what you get?

Thu 26 Jan 2017

In 2017/18 we’re starting Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt1

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.

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Rob Howarth’s take on a 17th Century Christmas

Mon 19 Dec 2016

We grabbed 2 minutes with director Rob Howarth in the back of a cab to tell us about his Christmas celebration of 17th Century German music at Kings Place, Monday 19 December.

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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016

Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016

“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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